Wedding Responsibilities - The Ushers.... What You Need To Know.

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Wedding Responsibilities – The Ushers… What You Need To Know.

The Ushers are a traditional part of the wedding. As a result, The Ushers may be the first people your guests see.


Although being in a wedding party is a lot of fun, there are important responsibilities for the Ushers.

Ordinarily the Groomsmen or Groom’s attendants (with the exception of the Best Man) can double as the Ushers. Especially, with a large guest list, it’s a better idea to have at least two full time Ushers.

ddition to seating guests, they can look after late arrivals and seat them after the Bride has proceeded up the aisle.


Before the wedding day, the Ushers need to be available to help the Groom and Best Man with any related details. Especially, they must be available for formal wear fittings. In addition, the Ushers attend necessary social functions such as the bachelor party, the rehearsal, and the rehearsal party.

Remember, if you pick an Ushers who lives out of town, they may not be able to help with all of the many pre-wedding details.

The Groom must remember that he has selected the Ushers to be part the wedding party because he wants their support and wants them to share his special day.

Therefore, it should not be a financial hardship for someone to participate. Accordingly, the Groom needs to make it clear to members of the wedding party that a gift is not expected at each of the social events.


The Ushers need to pay attention to the details of the upcoming ceremony as well as the specifics of each of their responsibilities.

In the first place, the Ushers need to be at the ceremony site about one hour before the ceremony. Particularly, if guests are to be seated in reserved seats, the Ushers MUST know where those reserved seats are and who is to be sitting where.

Incidentally, the Ushers must make sure boutonnieres are at the ceremony site and that the Groomsmen are wearing them correctly on their left lapel.

The Ushers need to welcome guests to the ceremony as they arrive and escort female guests, by offering their right arm, to their seats. So then, guests of the Bride are normally seated on the left side (facing forward) and guests of the Groom on the right.

If a guest is a close friend (or relative) of both sides, they are usually seated on the side with the fewer number of guests.

Sometimes, the number of guests for either Bride or Groom is markedly different than the other. In this case. the Bride and Groom can have guests seated randomly on either side.

Finally, the last to be seated before the ceremony begins are the Mother of the Groom then the Mother of the Bride. The seating of the mothers is actually part of the Processional.

Therefore, NO GUESTS ARE TO BE SEATED UNTIL AFTER THE WEDDING PARTY HAS COMPLETED ITS PROCESSIONAL. Consequently, tardy guests are to be kept waiting at the back until after the completion of the Processional. The Ushers then can direct them to their seats at the back.


At the conclusion of the ceremony, the now married couple, turn and walk out towards the entrance. This starts the Recessional.

Together with a Bridesmaid the Groomsmen are paired and follow the Bride and Groom out of the Ceremony. Consequentially, the Ushers follow at the end.

However, at some weddings, Ushers can escort the Mothers of the Bride and Groom out as part of the Recessional.

Furthermore, the Ushers may also control the flow of guests exiting. This is especially helpful when the wedding guest list is large and would crowd the aisle if all guests tried to exit at once.


Wedding Responsibilities – The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen…. What You Need To Know.

Wedding Responsibilities – The Bride & Groom….. What You Need To Know

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